PUC Approves EV Charing Program Extension

Posted on Jun 6, 2017 in Key Dockets

The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has approved the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ request to extend its commercial public electric vehicle charging facilities for five years. The additional five-year extension will have the pilot program in effect until June 30, 2023. In its extension request the Companies sought at ten-year extension of the pilot program from 2018 to 2028.

The Consumer Advocate argued that “evolving factors” including “evolving EV technology (e.g., larger batteries) and changes in forecasted demand and utilization” as well as the degree of subsidization, warrant a five-year, rather than a ten-year, extension of the pilot. Public comments submitted were all in support of public EV charging stations.

Read more about the Order by searching Docket No. 2016-0168 in the PUC Document Management System.